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  • Location:New York City, New York
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

New York Gospel Music Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and hymns of African American gospel music on this unique experience that combines a walking tour with a live Sunday gospel performance. Ride the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights, the heart of New York’s gospel scene. Explore the history of the neighborhood and learn about gospel’s roots as you stroll past historic churches and admire spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Conclude your tour with an uplifting church service and live gospel performance at the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle. 


  • 4-hour gospel music tour of Brooklyn, departing from Manhattan
  • Learn about African American gospel music’s roots in New York from your guide
  • Stroll through the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and admire iconic brownstone homes
  • View Plymouth Church, where gospel music was first made popular by the Jubilee Singers
  • Snap photos of the Manhattan skyline from vantage points in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood
  • Clap and sing your way through a spiritual performance at the renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Real gospel soul is closer than you think when you're staying in Manhattan. A quick jaunt to Brooklyn brings you to one of the best gospel choirs in the nation. Attending a church service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle is a truly uplifting experience.

What You Can Expect

New York Gospel Music Tour

Stroll through beautiful Brooklyn streets and admire brownstone architecture

Discover the history of African American gospel music in New York on this 4-hour Sunday tour. Connect with your guide at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan in the morning, then ride the subway over to Brooklyn together (own expense). Spend the next 2 hours on an informative walking tour of Brooklyn Heights while learning about the evolution of gospel music. 

Along the tour, see Plymouth Church, former home of the Jubilee Singers a cappella group that helped bring gospel into the mainstream. Hear stories about important figures in early gospel music, such as the ‘Father of Gospel Music’ Charlie A. Tindley and the influential artist Thomas A. Dorsey, who is said to have inspired the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Stroll past traditional Brooklyn brownstones and admire unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Next, head to the historic Brooklyn Tabernacle, home of the Grammy-winning gospel choir. Attend a 2-hour Sunday church service featuring stirring sermons and the uplifting music of either the Brooklyn Tabernacle or a visiting gospel choir. When the service lets out, you can continue exploring Brooklyn on your own with a provided map, or your guide can point you in the direction back to Manhattan.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great experience. The guide was informative and enthusiastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We where there with Easter. Magnificent play Love of God

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Fantastic experience. Alicia, our tour guide, was lovely. Very friendly and full of lots of interesting information. In spite of the temperature (about minus 9!) we had a great trip. The highlight, of course, was the gospel service. Very uplifting. Thank you.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

The church service was very inspiring and the music very moving.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

The guide was very good - even using her own talent to demonstrate the development of gospel music. The Brooklyn Tabernacle visit was wonderful. My only criticism is that there could be a little more content in the walking part of the tour as we spent too much time just waiting (not helped by the freezing weather).

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

What a wonderful way to see a piece of Brooklyn in additional to finding out the history of how Gospel began. Be prepared for a great deal of walking in hot or cold weather. Wear a hat and sunglasses plus your sunscreen or umbrella and jacket. We ended up at the Brooklyn Tabernacle for a rousing, spirit- moving church service with the B. Tabernacle Choir. Really enjoyed this tour.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2015

We decided not to go on this tour. After we had paid, and received further information, we found we were to meet downtown NYC, then take a train to Brooklyn, and then spend 2 hours at a Church Service which we would not be able to leave easily.
C'est la vie!
But the advertising did not indicate the true nature of the event .

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